Author: Hargus Montgomery
Publisher: Self published
Type of book: futuristic, 22nd century, recreation, museums, glassers, science fiction, dystopia, 12th century, power, battles, survival, France, schools, enemies, politics, history
Year it was published: 2013
In the 22nd century, twelve percent of the world's population chooses history. Safe inside the guarded borders of living museums, museum dwellers resist attempts by Metro leaders to seize their lands and force them back to the cities. When Alexander Kane, (son of a powerful Metro Senator) leaves the protection of the City to enter the Federal Museum Academy, he becomes the target of a growing political struggle. Crossing borders into the 12, 18th, and 20th centuries, The Last Relicuin follows three generations of a family torn between the past and the future.
There are a lot of characters, but here are the important ones; In beginning there's Alex Kane who happens to be the son of the man who seems to be the futuristic Donald Trump and desires to get rid of the museums. There is also Thomas Kane, Alex's son who is trying to figure out what to do and what decisions to make. Thomas Kane is resourceful and often looks up to a local man named Tony. There is also Tony who took a strange liking to Alex and later on to Thomas and isn't willing to communicate about his past. Javits is a man tasked with putting down Cartel and normally doesn't question his orders. He likes to antagonize everyone he meets on purpose. Margaret Sullivan is a president of future who tries to buy time for museum closures rather than shutting them down immediately.
I recall a long time ago I watched a movie about a teen boy that gets trapped in favorite 1950s show of his and begins to change things in the show for better or worse,and learns a valuable lesson along the way. Reading the book and thinking of museum dwellers as well as the lives they chose to live trapped in a specific period without making technical progress, it may sound odd coming from me, but it feel as if they are trapped in these museums.
The story is in third person narrative from Alex's and later on his son Thomas's point of view, and yes, the story does progress linear and doesn't jump back and forth. It's not a typical historical fiction where two or three interweaving stories make one narrative, and something else that is unique about the novel is that it takes place in the future and time periods are museums. Whether on purpose or not, the author doesn't divulge much history as to how things became the way they are, and a lot of questions go unanswered. Also as well, a lot of time is skipped when it comes to Alex Kane's life post-museum which means that some of the characters that we are introduced to haven't previously appeared in the book.
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Upon reading the summary, I thought the book would be a time travel of sorts, perhaps like previous stories I read where one event takes place in 1940s for example, but it connects to 2000s, except that the story promises connections between 12th century, 18th century, and 20th centuries. The 12th and 20th centuries are counted, but I didn't see a lot of 18th century. (Is 18th century referenced to the Museum schools?) What I liked about the story is the world building because its really intriguing and interesting, I liked how 1950s and 12th centuries were portrayed and its obvious that the author has went into a great deal amount of research when it comes to fighting medieval style, living in 1950s, holding a sword, importance of community and even various phrases There are also a lot of unanswered questions which means and promises a sequel to the story. The premise is definitely interesting; places and dwellings where people are sent to live and recreate various time periods for the rest of their lives. (Imagine living in 1950s decade for the rest of one's life.) All of the story takes place in 22nd century where people live in isolation from one another, even refusing to, well, procreate naturally. I did find a few things frustrating, namely I felt that the story stretched out, and a lot of the questions that were posed in beginning weren't answered. By the way, the word, Relicuin means original dwellers
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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)